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Maintaining Your Kitchen and Bedroom Doors and Furniture: Essential Tips

At Haagensen Kitchens and Bedrooms, we understand the importance of keeping your kitchen and bedroom doors and furniture looking their best. Proper maintenance not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your spaces but also ensures the longevity of your furniture. Here are some essential tips to help you maintain your kitchen and bedroom doors and furniture.

General Cleaning Advice for All Door Types

  1. Regular Cleaning:

  • Clean the interior and exterior surfaces of the doors periodically using a soft, damp cloth. Always dry all surfaces thoroughly after cleaning to prevent moisture damage.

  1. Avoid Harsh Cleaners:

  • Do not use wax-furniture polish, abrasive or aggressive cleaners, bleach, multipurpose cleaners, dilutes, acetone, alcohol, solvent, or similar products. These can damage the surface and leave residue build-up that is difficult to remove.

  • Use a 5% soap, 95% water solution for cleaning. Wipe with a damp (not wet) cloth and dry with a soft, clean cloth only.

  1. Temperature and Dusting:

  • Do not expose doors or panels to temperatures exceeding 60°C (140°F).

  • Dust with a soft cloth only to avoid scratches.

  1. Glass Doors:

  • When using glass cleaner, spray it onto a lint-free cloth or paper towel instead of directly onto the glass to prevent discolouration of the cabinet finish.

  1. Handling Spills and Stains:

  • Wipe cooking splashes, spills, and condensation immediately with a damp cloth, then dry.

  • Immediately clean any oil-based substance spills (e.g., olive oil, butter) to prevent staining.

Common Issues and Preventive Measures

  • Heat and Moisture Exposure:

  • Excessive or prolonged exposure to heat and moisture is the most common cause of damage to furniture. Maintain domestic temperature (16°C – 24°C) and humidity levels (40% - 60%) to prevent warping or cracking.

  • Small Hairline Cracks in Painted and Timber Doors:

  • For painted and timber doors, moisture and heat levels may induce small hairline cracks. This is a normal occurrence and not a defect. These cracks result from the natural expansion and contraction of the wood and paint with changes in humidity and temperature.

  • Avoid Steam Damage:

  • Do not open dishwasher doors mid-cycle or immediately at the end of a cycle to prevent steam damage.

  • Appliances generating steam (e.g., steamers, coffee makers, kettles) should not be placed under cabinets or near units to avoid condensation damage.

  • Care During Cleaning:

  • When washing floors and work surfaces, avoid liquid accumulation near plinths and panels. Dry these areas thoroughly after cleaning.

  • Ensure appliances generating excessive heat (e.g., toasters, air fryers) are correctly ventilated and not placed under or near kitchen units.

Colour Matching and Changes

  • Colour Variations:

  • Mismatched colours in doors and drawer fronts may result from different light conditions, known as metamerism. Check colours by placing items side by side in natural daylight.

  • Colour Mellowing:

  • Over time, it is normal for the colouring of units to mellow, especially for timber and light lacquered surfaces, which may "yellow with age." This change is due to exposure to light and is not a manufacturing fault.

  • Replacing or Fitting New Doors:

  • Consider the natural colour change when replacing or fitting new doors after some time. New doors may not be an exact colour match due to the mellowing of older units.

Need Help? Contact Us!

If you have any questions about cleaning or maintaining your kitchen and bedroom doors and furniture, please don't hesitate to call us. Our team at Haagensen Kitchens and Bedrooms are always ready to assist you with the best course of action for keeping your furniture in top condition.

Maintaining your kitchen and bedroom furniture is simple with the right care and attention. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the beauty and functionality of your spaces for years to come.

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